The Dream. (Photo via Elle)
Dark Under-Eye Problems
I have suffered from dark circles for most of my life and they're basically my ultimate selfie-killer. Initially, they were caused by allergies. I am deathly allergic to horses but was also a competitive equestrian for most of my youth; this resulted in chronic eye itchiness and darkness from inflammation, rubbing, and irritation. I also have deep-set bone structure, which casts shadows on my under-eye area no matter what. Finally, dark circles can naturally worsen with age as the delicate skin around our eyes thins, creating a sunken appearance around the eye hollows and allowing the blood's hue beneath to show through on some skin types. It's not a pretty business! Check out dem circles below — with makeup.
As I mentioned in my dark circle article, there are a few solutions you can turn to. For extreme intervention, a cosmetic dermatologist can inject filler into the hollows to give you a fuller look. Eye-brightening eye patches also exist, with popular ingredients to search for including brightening vitamin C, sake or rice-derived extracts, horse chestnut, and even licorice root.
Of course, finding a great under-eye cream is crucial... and I have finally found my new favorite! I have been using Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes ($54) for a week now and have noticed a tremendous difference in my under-eye shadows, akin to the brightening effect brought on by my former favorite skin-brightener by SK-II. (I gave up SK-II because they're not cruelty-free.)
(Photo via Instagram)
Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes Radiance Concentrate ($55)
This green beauty brand stands out because it was the first dermatologist-developed luxury green skincare line. Dr. Gary Goldfaden has been a practicing dermatologist for over 40 years. His extensive in-office experiences with patients is what inspired him to create the line of sensitive skin-friendly, advanced skincare solutions in dermatology using botanically-derived plant actives and non-harsh ingredients. The eco-luxe line's packaging is also made from totally recycled materials, firmly placing them in the "beyond green" category.
(Photo via Goldfaden MD)
The eye cream promises to lighten and brighten the under-eye area, treating darkness, puffiness, and fine lines. Its active ingredient list includes:
(1) Arnica Tincture: Arnica is used both orally and topically to calm and treat skin. Tina Hedges actually recommended it as part of my expert-recommended post-treatment regimen, and in the past, I have had an esthetician recommend it for treating bruises. It is majorly soothing and great for those prone to rosacea.
Try: Eminence Organic Skin Care Calm Skin Arnica Booster Serum ($56) — it is on sale at that link for $39!
(2) Hyaluronic Acid: This is a buzzy ingredient in skincare right now! It's a potent skin hydrator that sucks moisture from the air and infuses it into your skin, creating a plumping effect when applied.
Try: Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster with Ceramides ($34) — for sale for $32 at that link.
(3) Soy Peptides: Peptides are a crucial ingredient to incorporate into your regimen for anti-aging benefits, according to Dr. Harold Lancer.
Note: If pregnant, using soy products may worsen hormonally-induced melasma.
Try: Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Eye Cream ($69) — at this link it is for sale for $52 but they only have 1 left!
(4) Apricot Kernel Oil: This ingredient contains vitamins A — i.e. retinol — and E, which is healing. The two vitamins go well together; as vitamin A resurfaces and stimulates the skin, working its anti-aging magic, vitamin E soothes.
Try: Rodin Luxury Face Oil ($89)
(5) Rice Bran Extract: This stands out to me because of research I did for my article on sake skincare products for Brit + Co.! It is a rockstar ingredient for inhibiting melanin production in the skin (i.e. pigment) that has been used in Eastern modalities for years, dating all the way back to the Geishas in Japan. While SK-II is a cult-favorite sake skincare brightener — their brightening eye patches are pricey and often sell out — Tatcha is a fabulous clean, cruelty-free brand to try instead that they carry at Sephora. You can also find the prized ingredient in a number of K-Beauty brands.
Cellular Skin RX points out the active also contains lipoic acid — the antioxidant also known as vitamin B5, or Niacin, which improves skin circulation. This study details the skin-brightening effects of rice bran-derived ingredients, noting their heightened efficacy when fermented.
Try: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48) — said to be one of Kim Kardashian's favorites. It also comes in a cute travel size for ($20) that I just ran out of.
YuriPibu Cucu Black Truffle Eye Cream ($38) — it's for sale for $29 at that link!
I have been using the eye cream for one week and noticed a difference within the first couple of days. But if you don't believe me, here is what the consumer research found:
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